A couple of our favorite stars have landed some huge roles on the big and small screen.
Martin Lawrence is set to star as a 46-year-old widowed father of two teenagers who decides to go to the police academy and become a cop after losing his construction job. The show doesn’t have a title yet but just got the green light from CBS.
Forest Whitaker is set to join Oprah Winfrey in “The Butler”, directed by Lee Daniels’s (“Precious”).
The biopic is about Eugene Allen, a White House employee who served eight presidents between 1952 and 1986.
Forest will play Allen, Oprah will play his wife and David Oyelowo (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”) will play their son. The film is going to be uber star-studded with everyone from Mila Kunis to Hugh Jackman being considered for key roles in the film.
In other Forest news, the actor has been named co-chair of JuntoBox Films, a collaborative film studio for filmmakers and fans. Forrest will play an active role in selecting, producing and marketing the chosen films with the help of his production company, Significant Productions.
“What is most exciting to me about JuntoBox Films is the way it empowers filmmakers and film lovers to connect and be heard; it’s a platform designed to aid and nurture that process. I am honored to have the opportunity to hear all of the stories that will be coming out of JuntoBox and help give power to those voices.”
Terry Crews has landed a role in the HBO drama The Newsroom. Terry will play the bodyguard of news anchor Will McAvoy played by Jeff Daniels. The series, helmed by Aaron Sorkin is about a newsroom team and co-stars Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), Emily Mortimer and Olivia Munn.
Mrs Huxtable aka Phylicia Rashad has joined the cast of NBC pilot “Do No Harm.”
The thriller is a modern day take on “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” will see Phylicia playing Dr. Vanessa Young, the Chief of Surgery and the boss of Jeffrey Kohl (Steven Pasquale) a brilliant neurosurgeon. Kohl has a secret: his dangerous alter ego, Ian Price, which he’s managed to keep in check. But when he develops immunity to drugs that have helped him control his evil side, his career and personal life are in jeopardy. Phylicia’s character is Khol’s greatest champion but is also deeply confrontational and calls things like she sees them.
Gabrielle Union has landed the lead in “Single Black Female”, BET’s hour-long pilot from Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, couple behind “The Game”. The series will chronicle the work and family life of a Black woman (Gabby) who is the host of a popular Atlanta-based talk show similar to The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Gabrielle also stars in the indie drama In Our Nature which will premiere at this year’s SXSW festival.
And those are your casting notes!